News and discussion about forest mapping and land tenure in the Congo Basin

Actualités et analyses sur la cartographie et les droits aux terres dans le bassin du Congo

How to involve women in forest management: Lessons from DRC

How to involve women in forest management: Lessons from DRC

“Women, and indigenous women in particular, need to be included in decision-making on ecosystem use at all levels, as essential players in preserving our planet.” –UN Women Ruth Badubaye has been working with rainforest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for several years. Formerly a GIS (geographic information systems) technician with Congolese organisation GASHE (Group d’Action pour Sauver l’Homme…

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Community based monitoring in Cameroon helps bring illegal loggers to justice

Community based monitoring in Cameroon helps bring illegal loggers to justice

Loggers in Cameroon are now under increased scrutiny, as alerts from local forest monitors have started making their way to law enforcement agencies. Several of these alerts – sent through a real-time monitoring system called ForestLink, developed by the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) in partnership with local organisation FODER (Forêts et Développement Rural) – have contributed to legal sanctions against logging…

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Community forests: from theory to practice

Community forests: from theory to practice

What does a community-managed forest look like in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? That is precisely the question that the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and our partners are currently working to answer through our Community Forests (CF) project, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID). In February 2016, the DRC government passed landmark community forest legislation, creating…

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Asháninka cocoa growers sign landmark agreement

Asháninka cocoa growers sign landmark agreement

With support from the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), Kemito Ene, the cooperative representing hundreds of Asháninka cocoa producers in Peru, has just signed an agreement to export 90 tonnes of certified organic cocoa for the international market. The agreement has been made possible in part thanks to a growing relationship with organic chocolate maker Loving Earth. “We are so excited…

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